My name is David Klein, and I have the honor of being known as the original inventor, and the first person to dream up the idea for the product Jelly Belly® jelly beans. Back in 1976, I owned Garvey Nut & Company. I came up with the idea for a new type of jelly bean— “Jelly Belly®”—and asked a candy company to make a starter batch for me from the concept I created. My first flavors were Very Cherry, Tangerine, Lemon, Green Apple, Grape Jelly, Licorice, Root Beer, and Cream Soda. I rented out a corner of an ice cream shop and tried my luck selling my creation. It paid off – the beans were a huge success, and we even made the newspapers! You will need to watch my documentary to see what happened after that.
I’ve started a new brand of confections under the brand name Candyman Kitchens. One of our first lines is a line of scented candies. Rosie Posies™ is our first available and is made with a rose water flavor recipe. Each candy is a chewy non gelatin treat with the look of little rosebuds. We are now accepting wholesale orders for Rosie Posies™ in 20lb bulk and in 2 oz pillow pouches.
Our other product on the market is Polar Popcorn™. It’s a caramel popcorn wrapped in ice cream and birthday cake flavors. You can take it home at room temperature and pop it in the freezer for a delicious taste sensation. Ice cream stores have found it to increase sales by having it as an option in their deep freezers.
Please contact us at CandymanKitchens@gmail.com to place your orders or to reach David for interviews.
If you have the time to check out my documentary that can be seen online(free on some formats), please check out the links below.
All my best,
David Klein, The Candyman